Carnival of the Mobilists #261

by James Cameron

13 Feb

Delighted to be hosting Carnival of the Mobilists (COM) for the first time. It’s a collection of posts from the mobile industry and this week is the 261st COM!

First up is an overview of mobile payment solutions at CES in Las Vegas from Bruce Burke, @myintersperse Virtual Vegas: Cashless in Generation M!.

I am always a big fan of statistics and the next 2 posts both come from Andy Favell, editor of mobiThinking. Firstly, Andy’s analysis of handset and smartphone figures from Canalys, Strategy Analytics and IDC is well worth a read. The second post shows that 8.49% of pageviews are now from mobile devices.

Next up is James Coops, a regular contributor to COM with a review of some different mobile ad networks for media buyers and affiliates.

Last week’s host of COM, Antonie Wright, writes this week about the phone numbers and how we should be over them as an industry.

Next up is Tomi Ahonen, who writes a long post one year on from Stephen Elop’s ‘Burning Platform’ memo. Definitely worth a read.

Peggy Salz, the current driving force behind COM writes this week about M-Commerce and mobile payments which also includes the latest episode of her m-pulse video show with Rob Woodbridge of

Martin Geddes of Future of Communications suggests that the industry has reached ‘Peak telecoms‘ suggesting that it has ‘hit its maximum share of the economy’.

On a different tack however, Dean Bubley takes aim at the GSMA’s RCS and VoLTE initiatives with the viewpoint that “ubiquitous services are a thing of the past, and that the telecoms industry needs to embrace fragmentation, not fight it, in the future.

Finally, long time contributor to COM, Ajit Jaokar gives his thoughts and analysis on white space network success stories and their future implications.

That’s it from me. Next week, COM#262 will be hosted by Tego Interactive.

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